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Close To My Heart New Products


Hi everyone!  Happy 4th of July to all my American friends.  I hope you’re whooping it up wherever you are.  I will be celebrating at Disney’s Magic Kingdom along with my family.  We’re very excited!

You may or may not know I just attended a Close To My Heart Consultant Convention at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida last weekend, and witnessed first hand the unveiling of the new Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book.  Woohoo – always a much anticipated event!  With that unveiling, I was privy to the new products that will be available starting August 1st, so I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek too.Autumn/Winter Idea Book 2013

Here is the cover of the new Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book.  I know you are anxiously awaiting the chance to run your fingers over the glossy pages.  I should have my shipment within the next week or so 🙂WOTG Collage 1

Six new paper packs and Workshops On The Go.  Here are samples of Babycakes, Frosted, Huntington…WOTG Collage 2…Laughing Lola, Pro Player and Sarita!Card WOTG

CTMH will also be offering two new Card Workshops On The Go based on the Frosted and Laughing Lola paper packs.Frames Collage

Here we see two new frames that can be decorated and used as home décor.  One of these photos features the August Stamp of the Month.  Can you guess which one?  It’s sure to hit a sweet spot!My Crush Collage

An exciting new product that is sure to be a hit for all you busy people is the My Crush Book.  Available in two designs, it’s small enough to fit in your purse (7″x10″) so you can scrapbook on the go.  Just stick in your memorabilia, photos and add a bit of journaling, then stick it back in your purse until the next memory opportunity strikes.  No paper trimmer required!Base and Bling Collage

Another new product for the jewelry lover is the base and bling assortment.  Create your own necklaces, headbands, rings and bracelets with our new fabrics and accessories.  If jewelry is not your thing, I saw some fabulous makes at convention using the bases as napkin rings, gift clips and other home décor items.

And now for the icing on the cake…..Artbooking Collage

A brand, spanking new Cricut Cartridge called Artbooking.  Let me tell you this is fabulous.  It offers 700 images including designs and cutouts for 10 mini albums and 15 themed layouts.  The best part is you can set your dial size to one number and it will cut everything in proportion.  No more guessing what size to cut something!  Is that  terrific or what?  I can’t wait to get mine!

I hope you enjoyed the CTMH Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book sneak peek.  There are still a few surprises I didn’t share with you so be sure to get your copy.  Have a lovely day and happy crafting!


39 & Holding!


Good Monday morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!  I’m continuing my guest designer spot today with the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog, so a big welcome if you are visiting from there.  If you’re a regular here, but you’d like to see what the other H2H DT members have created, click on the link above.

This week’s challenge is to make a birthday card with at least one number on it.  Well, I had a bit of fun with this one.  Since I have been 39 for a few years now, I decided to make that number the star of this card.I chose pinks and kraft for my colour palette because I thought this would be a fun card for a female friend or relative.  I cut the number background, along with the pink 39, using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.After cutting out the 3 & 9, I added Versamark to them and heat embossed them with clear powder.  While they were still hot, I sprinkled Prisma Glitter over them and put the heat tool to them again.  It really helps the numbers stand out and adds a bit of girlie sparkle to the card.I created a flag banner for the middle of the card, which covers the gap between the top and bottom panels, but also hosts the rest of the sentiment and the rose.  The kraft panel at the bottom was embossed using the Cuttlebug.

Hope you will join the fun over at Heart 2 Heart.  I’d love to see your birthday card creation using Close To My Heart products.  Until next time happy crafting!

CTMH Supplies:
Paper – Flirty Raspberry, Kraft, Lucy Paper Packet
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Stamp Sets – Just For You, Card Word Puzzle, Classmate Alphabet
Prisma Glitter

All The Trimmings


TGIF!  A quick post to show you a Christmas card I made for the Out of a Hat Creations challenge.  They are having  month long Christmas challenges, so stop by to check out the projects.  There are sure to be some great inspiration pieces.I just received my CTMH gold embossing powder in the mail, so I thought I’d give that a try on my card.  I coated the edges with Versamark, pored the gold powder over it and heat embossed it.  The background paper is a lovely wrapping paper I picked up about 2 years ago at a department store.  It has beautiful gold embossed dots all over it – and the best part – it was a clearance item for only a couple of bucks!The poinsettia was cut out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge and glued together with glue dots.  I added a button and a sparkly stick-on gem to the centre.The tag was also cut out with the Artiste cartridge and stamped with this lovely sentiment from the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit stamp set.  And in keeping with the gold theme, I added the gold ribbon and jingle bells.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  For my Canadian counterparts, have a happy Thanksgiving and may you spend it with the ones you love!

Father Christmas


Good day all!  Just a quick post today to share a Christmas card I made for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week.  As you can probably tell by the title, the theme is anything Christmas.  I decided to get a jump on my Christmas cards and made this…I really wanted to use this lovely CTMH wood grain B&T paper from the Dakota paper packet, because I thought it would make a lovely backdrop for a Christmas card.  I ended up pairing it with this gorgeous Santa image from the Father Christmas stamp set (retired).  After adding a strip of houndstooth paper (the reverse side of the wood grain), I added some red velvet ribbon.  I love the ribbon.  I really think it adds classic elegance to this vintage looking Santa card.  And although I think a bow would’ve been pretty, I didn’t add one because I didn’t want to bulk up the card for mailing purposes.I stamped and coloured the image with Copics and then painstakingly cut it out with my trusty Cutterbees.  I popped it up from the page using dimensional foam, and then added the beautiful, sparkly red gems to each side of the card.  Finally, I stamped the ‘Happy Holidays’ sentiment in the bottom right corner.  Tout fini!

A big thanks to Kim for the fun crafting night last night and the use of some of her stuff.  Always therapeutic, so let’s do it again soon!  And please check out the Heart 2 Heart blog on Monday.  That is when I will be starting my guest designer spot for the month of October.  Have a great day and happy crafting!

Oriental Influences


Good Sunday afternoon!  First off, I’d like to announce that I’ve been selected as the Top Chick of the Top Ten over at the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog for the month of August!  This means I get to be a guest designer for the month of October!  Woohoo!  I’m very excited about this and can’t wait to get started.  Should be a fun October.

Speaking of fun, the Out of a Hat gals are hosting an Oriental Influences challenge this week.  They have some really great projects showcased on their site so check it out if you have a few moments. It’s been a busy weekend but I managed to squeeze in some cardmaking time to come up with this…

I ended up using the So Fortunate digital stamp set from My Time Made Easy.  It has some really nice oriental images including this cherry blossom branch, as well as, the symbols for love, happiness and good fortune – perfect for my card!I printed 2 sets of the cherry blossoms out and coloured them in with Copic markers.  I then painstakingly cut out the whole branch from one copy and just the flowers from the second copy.  I curled up the petals of the flowers and glued them to the branch image to get a dimensional look.  A gem was added to the centre of each blossom for a bit of sparkle.I printed the Oriental characters onto a piece of red card stock, and glued the cherry blossom branch beside it.  And what would this card be without a touch of gold?  I would have loved to add some gold embossing but don’t own any gold embossing powder yet (it’s on my list of things to get, as Christmas is right around the corner), so I added the gold ribbon to the bottom instead.

That’s it from me today.  Have a great week and I’ll be back soon with another creation of some sort.  Until then happy crafting!